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Today on Context Florida: Polling for 2016, deadbeat dads and the 1995 tech revolution

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For Bob Sparks, polling for the 2016 presidential campaign is a political scientist’s dream. It is not too bad for pundits, either. There is something in it for everyone. The Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday is the latest example. Donald Trump still polls the highest in some areas and the lowest in others. The same is true for Hillary Clinton. It also shows that support is growing for a core group of GOP candidates at the expense of several other low-polling Republicans.

An overwhelming number of friends and peers from Catherine Durkin Robinson’s generation had absent fathers. In fact, the term “deadbeat dad” dates back only to about 1975-1980. What a legacy. The era that gave us sideburns, PTSD, and Disco Duck also popularized absentee parenting. Nevertheless, it did teach many in the next generation how to be a better kind of father.

Blake Dowling reminisces on the tech revolution between 1999 and 2015; in the business world today, without technology, you are out of business.  This may sound like a laughable point, Dowling says, but to think of how fast this has come to be is revolutionary. All things mobile, wireless, fast and online is the norm. It certainly was not 15 years ago.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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